Vote of the week: The setting of Star Wars Land?
We know that Star Wars Land is happening at Disney's Hollywood Studios
. But what we don't know yet is exactly where
the new land will be set.
Both literally and figuratively.
Of course, if someone associated with the project would like to leak us a copy or description of the plans, we're at email@example.com. Until that happens, though, let's talk about the setting of Star Wars Land. Not the physical setting: where the land will be built in the park. Let's talk about the thematic setting, because Star Wars Land provides what might be the greatest placemaking challenge in recent theme park history.
One of many Star Wars settings: Mos Espa (Image from Wookieepedia)
Harry Potter was easy. Build Hogwarts Castle in the town of Hogsmeade -- almost all of the action in the seven books and eight movies takes place there. Star Wars plays across an entire universe, however. How do you decide which of the multiple planets that have hosted Star Wars stories should provide the setting for Disney's Star Wars Land? And if one were to choose to place the land on multiple planets, how would one logically explain guest movement between the different planetary settings?
Disney's current Star Tours ride never addresses the location of its Star Tours terminal. But the ride makes clear that there are multiple planetary destinations in the Star Wars universe beyond its setting. Given that Star Tours ought to be part of Star Tours Land, how would the ride's inclusion affect a decision about the land's setting?
Of course, given that Star Wars Land will be built in a movie studio-themed park, Disney could punt and theme Star Wars Land as a Star Wars movie set, avoiding the issue of deciding on which planet the land's action takes place. But we've described the challenges facing movie set-themed parks and attractions. Given the passionate desire that so many Star Wars fans have to immerse themselves in this universe, Disney might be blowing an opportunity to win multiple future visits from these fans by taking a cheaper and easier choice to go with a movie set-themed land. (But you can tell us below if you think that's the best option.)
Let's assume that the setting will be a planet, and not on a Death Star or other spaceship, which would necessitate building a much more-expensive all-indoor land. The top two choices, given the action of the first six films, would appear to be the Skywalkers' home planet of Tatooine, or the Republic/Imperial Capital of Coruscant. Yet, other planets surely will appear in the new Star Wars movies Disney is beginning to produce and will be eager to promote to its millions of theme park visitors. Perhaps the land's setting should be one of them?
It's vote of the week time.
If you voted for another planet, please use the comments to tell us your specific suggestion. If you voted for multiple planets, we'd love to hear your suggestions on how Disney could handle the transition between those settings.
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The multiple planet route would be the best IMO.
I had to go with several planets for a few reasons:
Dagobah or gtfo, amiright?
If this theme park is to be in Orlando, then Hoth is out! I would say Tatooine as a weather would be a little closer, but our tropical landscape in Orlando is hardly desert-like. Coruscant is all city, and I think that would be a wee bit boring and you wouldn't really feel immersed in "Star Wars" per say. Dagobah seems soggy and tropical but perhaps a little TOO moist! I vote for Naboo, which seems nice, picturesque and warm! If they decided on multiple planets, I'd be ok with that too. It kinda gives you a taste of everything.
In the other article about this rumour someone suggested a separate part for DHS like World Showcase and put all those different planet locations around a lake. That would be awesome and actually the only right thing to do.
I would love they made a cantina like the one han solo goes in tatooine, with blue mickey, alien cast members and all! That would be epic! haha
It seems to me Star Tours is set on Endor. I like continuing with Endor.
Going to need a setting that will offer some shade. Treeless desert would not work. It is Florida after all.
If I were to design it:
I think Tatooine would provide the most iconic and interesting ride & food potential:
My first choice is Tatooine especially since Carsland will be built in the same area. It is quite easy to blend the Arizona desert landscape with the Tatooine desert landscape, the famous Cantina, the place where Luke and Leia were rescued from Jabba The Hut, and the Pod races; however, I don't think only one planet should be represented. At least another planet should be featured like where the Jedi Council Chamber met on Coruscant, but perhaps a trip to the Death Star is my second choice.
I voted for Tatooine. It's relatively easy to pull off and easily identified.
I would love to see Naboo. A bunch of green-domed buildings with what looks like mostly Roman-style architecture and various foliage.
Multiple planets would be cool. If they go with one, go with Tatooine. Definitely the most recognizable.
Tatooine would likely make for a more seamless transition from Radiator Springs. I'd be surprised if that factor hasn't crossed their minds.
I'd say go with another Star Wars planet, either the Endor Moon, Yavin IV, or Dagobah. Cars Land will already be desert-themed so that makes Tatooine a little redundant, and Coruscant is just urban sprawl so that might not be very scenic. And I just can't think of any good way of having an adequate transition between multiple planets short of an actual moving transportation attracting taking you between one location and the next a la Diagon Ally/Hogsmead. And that's not very feasible with the space they have. Star Wars needs its own park to do it truly properly with multiple planets.
This is the way I'd do it. Star Wars is too big for just one land of a park. A whole Star Wars park could work, but this doesn't seem like the avenue they've chosen. Therefore multiple themed areas must be the go. They could all be in the one park, but it makes much better commercial sense to spread them across the parks, like Harry Potter has.
Another route would be to make an interior location, such as the inside of the Death Star, etc. Those could be rather large areas and could possibly encompass a dark coaster/ride.
I'd love to see mini lands spread out between all 4 parks.
I love Cloud City...I think that would rock, or Endor. And forget the pod races! I would much rather race through some redwoods!
There is no use for me in any kind of Star Wars land without being able to travel to and explore the Death Star as a real, physical place. For me, this is the most iconic and important location for the whole shebang.
I'm voting for as a movie set. Only for the trolling joke that Jar Jar is the tour guide.
This is my idea. I thought it up with my family this week: use the EPCOT model and create the Star Wars planets like pavilions in a Galactic Showcase. You can theme this by saying that each of the planets has setup a pavilion to teach people about the planet, like the countries of Earth did at EPCOT. This way you could have all kinds of planets there.
.....all i really want.....is a full sized....walk inside millennium falcon....a few other ships would be nice....but that would get me through the turnstile....
Here are my not-so-serious suggestions:
Main attraction should be speeder bikes coaster in Endor. High speed steeplechase!
I'd like to see just about any attraction or setting. But we *don't* "know that Star Wars Land is happening at Disney's Hollywood Studios". None of the higher-placed CMs I know at WDW have heard anything close to official, just guest speculation getting spread by front-line CMs and all say a variation of the same thing; Disney is investing far too much into Pandora and Disney Springs to spend on any other expansions at WDW for the foreseeable future.
Gosh Darn it.... I have been trying to send you the plans for months now, but I kept sending it to an AOL.com.... oh well I guess everyone will just have to wait and see now. :p
"After all, most of these same sources were the ones claiming Bob Iger and George Lucas were at DHS on May 4th to announce Star Wars Land. That didn't happen either."
Use the STAR TOURS ride itself, as the logical hub.
The Star Wars universe is difficult to recreate. If they create an immersive 'Star Wars Universe' with multiple planets, in a theme park industry where you can travel via Hogwarts Express from Hogwarts to London, how would we logically travel from planet to planet? Precedent set by the competition matters.
I they were smart they would theme the back side of Radiator springs racers, so that Tatooine would have a nice rocky back drop. The themes would blend very well.
I'm all for Korriban, the Sith homeworld, as it's full of tombs for the young ones to explore.
Both kids and parents agree: Give us Endor, Hoth, and Dagobah. It would be awesome to have the Mos Eisley Cantina for a restaurant. My 8 year old son also wants there to be a Death Star.
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